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Students march to "Take Back the Night." Photo: Tulane University
Students march to "Take Back the Night." Photo: Tulane University

SUNY backs bill combating campus sexual assaults

NEW YORK (AP) New York's public university system is the first to support a law that would strengthen colleges and universities' assistance for sexual assault victims while establishing strong penalties for non-compliance.  Go to full article
Dr. Kristen Esterberg will become the new president of SUNY Potsdam, and Dr. Zvi Szafran will take over at SUNY Canton. Photos via <a href="http://readme.readmedia.com/SUNY-Board-of-Trustees-Appoints-Dr-Kristin-Esterberg-as-President-of-SUNY-Potsdam/8400638?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=media_pr_emails">SUNY Potsdam</a> and <a href="http://educate.spsu.edu/zszafran/">Southern Polytechnic State University</a>.
Dr. Kristen Esterberg will become the new president of SUNY Potsdam, and Dr. Zvi Szafran will take over at SUNY Canton. Photos via SUNY Potsdam and Southern Polytechnic State University.

SUNY Potsdam, Canton each get their own president

Canton and Potsdam's state universities each got new presidents Thursday.

In a press release, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees announced that Kristen Esterberg will be the 16th president of SUNY Potsdam. She'll be the first woman to lead the college.

Esterberg is currently the provost and academic vice president at Salem State University, in Massachusetts.  Go to full article
Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam
Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam

SUNY VP pleads not guilty to theft charges

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Vice President for Business Affairs Natalie Higley is pleading not guilty to charges of theft. Higley's been accused of stealing from Bainbridge State College in Georgia, where she used to work.  Go to full article
Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam
Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Canton, Potsdam vice president accused of theft

The woman in charge of finances at both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam has been indicted on theft charges in Georgia. Natalie Higley is charged with stealing from the state college where she used to work.

According to the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight newspaper, Natalie Higley and three other former employees of Bainbridge State College are accused of conspiring as a group to steal college property and then lying about it.  Go to full article

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SUNY seeks health care training program

The state's network of community colleges is hoping to establish a health care worker training program.

SUNY has applied for $23 million to set up the program at about 30 campuses.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo brought a multi-media presentation about his tax-cutting plan to Plattsburgh. Photo: Brian Mann, NCPR
Governor Cuomo brought a multi-media presentation about his tax-cutting plan to Plattsburgh. Photo: Brian Mann, NCPR

Cuomo says tax-free college zones an economic "game changer"

Governor Andrew Cuomo barnstormed across Upstate New York yesterday, trying to build political support for a new network of tax-free zones around many of the state's colleges and universities.

At least eight SUNY campuses in the North Country would be eligible for the program, from community colleges in Glens Falls and Saranac Lake to larger campuses in Plattsburgh and Canton.

One of the governor's first stops was at the SUNY campus in Plattsburgh, where he argued that this program could be a 'game changer' for a regional economy that has been struggling for decades.  Go to full article
Potsdam mayor Steve Yugartis. Photo courtesy Steve Yugartis.
Potsdam mayor Steve Yugartis. Photo courtesy Steve Yugartis.

Potsdam cautious on Cuomo's tax free zones

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet are on the road for a second week, pushing hard on a proposal to create tax-free zones for businesses that set up shop on or near public college campuses in New York.

He's due in Plattsburgh this morning. Cuomo's Deputy Secretary of State, Dede Scozzafava, has already visited SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Plattsburgh to pitch the plan.

At the initial announcement in Albany last week, Cuomo said the tax free zones will boost the struggling upstate economy. "It doesn't cost us money," he said. " It's not an investment in tax dollars. It's stopping the collection of tax revenues. So I think it is exactly the type of approach the state needs to take."

The plan would provide a 10-year abatement of all taxes...sales, property, corporate, state income taxes and fees - for the business and its employees.

Legislative leaders have not yet said they'll support the proposal. Monday, the governor called a group of local leaders to Albany Monday to ask for their help in convincing state lawmakers it's a good idea.

Steve Yugartis is Mayor of the Village of Potsdam. He wasn't in Albany for the meeting. He says he doesn't know much about the plan, and considering the village's existing tax free properties, he's cautious about adding more.  Go to full article

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